Rangel could be 23rd House member to be censured

By the Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - One of Congress' most likable veterans, Rep. Charles Rangel, would become the 23rd House member in the nation's history to be censured if the House goes along with a recommendation of its ethics committee.

After Thanksgiving, the House members will take up the solemn task of disciplining one of their own when the New York Democrat is rebuked for financial and fundraising misconduct.

It will be one of the more unpleasant jobs in the waning days of the 111th Congress because the Harlem congressman is legendary for his friendliness and greetings to anyone he passes on the Capitol grounds.

If the House agrees to a censure resolution, Rangel would stand before his colleagues at the front of the chamber where the resolution of censure would be read.

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